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Music & Stories | Hold On 

Happy Sunday, people! 
Today, I have a beautiful song for you: Hold On, by Tom Waits. 
As you can read and hear in quite a few interviews, Tom wrote this song in partnership with his wife Kathleen Brennan, giving life to several different ideas they had in mind.  
Mostly, the couple wanted to describe the very human tendency of holding onto something, both in good and bad times.
A few real-life images from road trips also contributed to the final song.  

Hold On is the third track of the album Mule Variations…

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Live Streaming Highlights! | 15th Oct. 2020 

Hello lovely people!

Here's a little account of what happened during my latest stream.

First of all, it was fun! A few more people from all over the world turned up, so I had the chance to chat about different music cultures and different languages. 
I even had to sing 99 Luftballons, my live streaming signature song, twice! :)

Most of the stream, however, was focused on original songs.

In this clip, I play Something To SayModern TIme BluesWild Flower, and a few more tunes I wrote. 
Well, I hope you enjoy…

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Live Streaming Highlights! 13th Oct. 2020 

Hello lovely people!

I'm back with a few highlights from my latest stream on Twitch!

Yesterday afternoon I played some of my favorite songs, as usual. I played a few of my tracks too, such as Something To Say and Modern TIme Blues
I finally managed to work with a green screen, so I have a new background! (Yes, I got bored with the bare wall behind my shoulders...)

The funniest moment happened when a viewer requested a song (Me & Bobby McGee), but the chatbot messed everything up and actually added Stand by

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Music & Stories | Lesson in Survival 

Happy Sunday! 

Today I'll share with you a cover of Joni Mitchell's Lesson in Survival
It is a very sad song, I'm afraid, but beautiful too. 
It is not one of her most famous tunes, so I had to dig a bit deeper to find some facts about it.

On this site, I found an extract of an interview in which Joni describes why she wrote it. 
I'll sum up the facts for you: Joni wrote Lesson in Survival with an ex-boyfriend in mind. This guy was becoming very successful in the music industry, an occurrence she had…

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Music & Stories | Happiness Is a Warm Gun 

Happy Sunday, people! 

Today I have an incredible song for you. 
It's controversial, raw, weird...but so rock'n'roll! I am talking about Happiness is a Warm Gun, by The Beatles. 

The controversial points about it are countless. Actually, when it first came out, the BBC decided to ban it. Even fifty years after its publication, people often misinterpret its meaning or just find it creepy (thinking about the way John Lennon died).  
Despite the controversial stories behind it, however, I decided to record it…

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Music & Stories | Good Riddance (Time of your Life) 

Happy Sunday!

Today I decided to share the cover of a song that reminds me of my teenage years: Green Day's Good Riddance (Time of your Life).

Here's my version:

Good Riddance was actually released when I was about 7 or 8, but it was still a big hit among kids when I was in high school. To sing it is a great walk down memory lane!

This song, however, was quite an anomaly in the repertoire of the band at the time it was published. Green Day wrote and recorded heavy punk songs, not melancholic acoustic…

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Live Streaming Highlights! | 24th Sept. 2020 

Hello lovely people!

Yesterday I had my usual Thursday stream on Twitch and, although it was a bit quiet, I had a lot of fun improvising some new songs requested by the viewers.

I opened the set with a little tribute to Joni Mitchell, playing songs like A Case Of YouGoodbye Porkpie Hat, and Lesson In Survival

I also played a lot of songs taken from the album Desire, the first record by Bob Dylan I purchased as a 14-year-old girl. I actually decided I am going to dedicate a whole stream to that album…

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Live Streaming Highlights! | Sept. 22nd 2020 

Hello lovely people!

As per my new tradition, here's a little account of what happened yesterday, during my Tuesday stream. 
The big news is: I set up a home recording/streaming studio in the spare bedroom of our apartment!  
I still have to familiarize myself with the new logistics, but it is so much fun to have a space of my own to work from. Viewers quite enjoyed the new setting too.  

The great news is: I have a piano there! So the stream started with some mellow bluesy and jazzy tunes. 
With my piano…

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Music & Stories - Look What They've Done To My Song Ma 

Happy Sunday! 

Today I wrote a story for my mailing list subscribers inspired by Melanie Safka's Look What They've Done To My Song Ma.
It is an imaginary journal entry. An account of what Melanie could have recorded in her diary after performing at the legendary Woodstock festival. 
I somehow connected her performance at Woodstock with the song, coming up with an interesting fictional piece. 
I didn't find much information about the song itself, so I gave my own interpretation of the lyrics.
I think it deals…

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